Dundee students breathe new life into rare texts

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

Historic texts held by the University of Dundee have been dusted down by a group of students to kick-start a creative chain reaction. Students from the English department’s MLitt Writing Practice and Study course have sought inspiration from historic books and poems to create new works, before asking students from the University’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD) to illustrate them. The project, named Vaulted Marvels, aims to highlight the wealth of thought-provoking volumes that lurk within the University’s archives, with a plan now under way to publish the re-i...

New book, comics, film and poems prove Frankenstein is no creature of habit

| Books, Comics, English, Film Studies, Humanities,

An exciting new series of works produced in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, and author Mary Shelley's links to the city of Dundee, will be launched later this month. ‘The Frankenstein Showcase’ takes place at the Tower Building Baxter Suite, University of Dundee, on Thursday 28 March. A new Dundee edition of the classic text will be unveiled at the event alongside work across film, poetry and comics. Edited by Dr Daniel Cook, of the University’s School of Humanities English team, the book comprises the complete 1818 text of the ground-breaking science fiction novel ...

Dundee among world's best for international student satisfaction

| Creative Writing, English, European Studies, History, Humanities, Languages, Philosophy, Students

The University of Dundee has recorded one of the highest scores in the latest International Student Barometer (ISB). With feedback from over 3 million students worldwide across all student types, levels and years of study, the ISB is the world's largest annual survey of international students. The results of ISB’s Autumn 2018 survey show overall average satisfaction of 89.6% among Dundee students, the highest score of any participating Scottish universities, 2nd in the UK and 6th globally. A total of 199 institutions participated in the ISB 2018, significantly more than the 120 who took part the year...

PhD student nominated for Course Rep of the Year Award

| English, Humanities, Students

We are excited to hear that one of our English PhD students, Lauren Christie, has been nominated for a Course Rep of the Year award in the SPARQS (Student Partnerships in Quality Scotland) Student Engagement Awards 2019.  Nominations had previously been invited for reps from within Scottish colleges and universities who have worked hard to ensure the rep role contributes to enhancements in learning and teaching and the overall student experience, and Lauren is delighted to be nominated. The Student Engagement Awards will be held at the SPARQS conference on Thursday 28th March 2019, and the short list ...

Clare stitches success with first book

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

For thousands of years, those on the fringes of society have used sewing to document their experiences. University of Dundee graduate, Clare Hunter unravels some of these stories in her new book, Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle. Published this week, the book chronicles politics, power, protest and memories of men and women who have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard, including stories of Mary Queen of Scots and survivors of World War One. Clare Hunter, who graduated from the MLitt Writing Practice and Study course in 2014, says that the idea for her b...

Former PhD student publishes thesis as critically-acclaimed book

| Books, English, Humanities, Theatre Studies

Dr Mark Brown, who recently wrote his PhD on contemporary drama, supervised by Dr Jo George at the University of Dundee, has now published it with Macmillan. His book focuses on the revolution that has occurred on the Scottish stage since the late 1960s. Dr Brown, who is also a leading theatre reviewer, has written the first critical history mapping the key trends in this extraordinarily creative and fertile period. Modernism and Scottish Theatre since 1969: A Revolution on Stage, by Mark Brown This book is the first monograph on what author and Scottish theatre critic of The Times Allan Radcliffe refers t...

Scottish Book Trust New Writers award for Tutor and former student Alice Tarbuck

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

We are delighted to see that one of the Scottish Book Trust's New Writers Awards for 2019 has been awarded to one of our School of Humanities tutors, Alice Tarbuck.  Alice is a poet living in Edinburgh, but she is also a Creative Writing Tutor on our first year MA English and Creative Writing course, as well as being a former PhD student in the Centre for Poetic Innovation (CPI) and more recently a Post-Doctoral Fellow of the CPI. The CPI is a join initiative between the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, in collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library.  The New Writers Awards are a fantast...

Poacher's Pilgrimage poised to pique interest

| Books, Creative Writing, Engage Dundee, English, Humanities, Seminars

Award-winning author and activist Alastair McIntosh will give members of the public in Dundee something to write home about this week, as he shares the story of his pilgrimage through the landscape of his childhood. The internationally-renowned peace activist and broadcaster will talk about his latest book, ‘Poacher’s Pilgrimage’ and the journey which inspired it, on Wednesday 23 January from 3-5pm at Tonic, Nethergate, Dundee. His discussion with the University of Dundee’s Professor of Writing and Study, Kirsty Gunn, is the first in the latest series of ‘Writers Read’ e...

Wizard of Oz: why this extraordinary movie has been so influential – Dr Brian Hoyle in The Conversation

| English, Humanities

“It seems that the tale of Dorothy's adventure on the Yellow Brick Road can reasonably lay claim to being the most influential movie of all time. "Film is a highly collaborative art form and the contributions made by every department to this film – photography, set, costume, music, editing and cast – is immaculate. Indeed, to watch The Wizard of Oz is to watch the Hollywood studio machine working at the very peak of its efficiency." In an article for The Conversation, Dr Brian Hoyle, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Dundee, discusses the vast influence of this 1939 fil...

Arctic Researcher to visit Science Fiction Programme in Dundee

| English, Humanities

Marcin Dymet, of the University of Lapland’s Arctic Centre, Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (Finland), will be visiting the University of Dundee from the 22-28 November 2018. Mr Dymet is joining us to find out about our teaching and research in order to gauge how Science Fiction can be used as a tool for understanding real world issues affecting the human relationship with the Arctic ecology and its wildlife. He has been particularly drawn by the city’s rich heritage of polar exploration and the use of the arctic framing narrative in Frankenstein, the ‘Ur-text’...